A Communist Party member accessing the smartphone app Xuexi Qiangguo, which literally translates to 'Study to make China strong,' for distributing propaganda to the party faithful in Beijing on February 25, 2019. Photo: Reuters A Communist Party member accessing the smartphone app Xuexi Qiangguo, which literally translates to 'Study to make China strong,' for distributing propaganda to the party faithful in Beijing on February 25, 2019. Photo: Reuters
A Communist Party member accessing the smartphone app Xuexi Qiangguo, which literally translates to 'Study to make China strong,' for distributing propaganda to the party faithful in Beijing on February 25, 2019. Photo: Reuters

Controlling hearts and minds: China cracks down on content algorithms to make sure the Communist Party is still boss

  • Jinri Toutiao relied on computer algorithms to recommend interesting and important articles to readers, not reporters or editors
  • Less than a decade on, Zhang’s news aggregator would grow into ByteDance, the world’s first hectocorn, a private company valued at US$100 billion

Topic |   China technology
A Communist Party member accessing the smartphone app Xuexi Qiangguo, which literally translates to 'Study to make China strong,' for distributing propaganda to the party faithful in Beijing on February 25, 2019. Photo: Reuters A Communist Party member accessing the smartphone app Xuexi Qiangguo, which literally translates to 'Study to make China strong,' for distributing propaganda to the party faithful in Beijing on February 25, 2019. Photo: Reuters
A Communist Party member accessing the smartphone app Xuexi Qiangguo, which literally translates to 'Study to make China strong,' for distributing propaganda to the party faithful in Beijing on February 25, 2019. Photo: Reuters
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